Thursday, April 2, 2009

Etruscan Treasures From Tuscany

This exhibit looks like the one that was at St. Gregory's in Shawnee not too terribly long ago but since it's now in Dallas, it's OpinionJournal-worthy:
True to form, the Lone Star State manages to defy ordinary expectations. And in the midst of it all, a spectacular and unpredictable show, 'From the Temple and the Tomb: Etruscan Treasures from Tuscany' (until May 17), has just opened at Southern Methodist University's Meadows Museum. It bills itself as the largest such exhibition of Etruscan art and artifacts in the U.S. Why a museum based on the Spanish paintings collected and loved by its eponymous founder, a Texas petro-millionaire who died in 1978, should be sponsoring such an enterprise remains something of a mystery. But it's no more mysterious than much about Texas ways or, more important, about the Etruscans themselves, of whom we know very little.

My carping about unfairness of Texas media coverage over Oklahoma's aside, it's a fascinating exhibit. Well-worth making the trip to see.

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